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Parliament Asks Gov't to Clarify Revision of Retirement Age

Her concern stems from a statement attributed to the Public Service Ministry Permanent Secretary, Catherine Bitarakwate on Friday last week indicating that Uganda lacks specialists because they retire at 60 years of age when they can still serve the country.
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Parliament has tasked Government to present a statement on the proposed revision of the retirement age from 60 to 70 years of age.  

It came after the Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament; Betty Nambooze questioned why Government is planning to raise the retirement age despite the presence of a huge number of employed youth in the country.   

Her concern stems from a statement attributed to the Public Service Ministry Permanent Secretary, Catherine Bitarakwate on Friday last week indicating that Uganda lacks specialists because they retire at 60 years of age when they can still serve the country.     

She hinted on a proposal to raise the retirement age to retain them.  However, Nambooze says there have been calls to cut the retirement age to 55 years, saying any calls to raise it is insensitive.     

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In her response, the Minister of Health in charge of General Duties, Sarah Opendi observed that they have been struggling with specialized health workers who retire at 60 years and take up jobs elsewhere leaving Government struggling.     

She says for instance at the point of presenting the paper, Uganda had only 5 neurosurgeons and these were headed for retirement.    

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The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga asked Government to come and clarify on the proposal.   

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